New York: Viking Press, 1974. First Edition. Lengthily INSCRIBED by the author on the half-title page: "June 1st, 1975 / M'Lady Roberta Felsen: Now the reason why I used the sub-title of "M'Lady" - is because you have got to be a Queen...because your husband, Milt, is definitely a King! And on this - the Queen's once-a-year birthday - the entire Carter clan wishes you the very best of everything that this wonderful life has to offer. So from me to you - although I have never laid eyes on your beautiful self - I love you madly! And my you always walk in peace...With much love, Rubin Hurricane Carter."
Distinguished copy of Carter's 1974 memoir, written from Rahway State Prison in New Jersey, where he was serving two consecutive life sentences. Carter was a high-ranking middleweight boxer before his 1966 arrest and wrongful conviction for murder, which inspired widespread support from people of all walks of life, including Bob Dylan, whose 1975 song "Hurricane" brought Carter's case wide exposure. The recipient was the wife of Milt Felsen, a New Yorker who served in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, helped form the O.S.S. during World War II, and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Hurricane Trust Fund. His work with the Fund, in conjunction with the Hurricane Defense Committee of New York, was instrumental in financing Carter's defense. A tremendous association.
Very Good plus in a Very Good dust jacket. Light wear to upper corners, lower corners bumped, with some minor board exposure to same, and some very faint foxing to preliminary leaves and right edge of textblock. Dustjacket edgeworn, with some small chips, tears, and associated creasing, along with vertical creases to both flaps, and faint damp mark to lower edge of front panel on verso.